What the heck is going on with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan movie franchise? Paramount has been trying to get a new movie off the ground for a few years now, with Sam Raimi in talks at one point to produce and possibly direct the next installment, but he ended up ditching it in favour of Spider-Man 4. There have also been a number of names being thrown around as the next person to take on the role of Jack Ryan. Ryan Gosling and James Franco were two of the big ones rumoured to follow in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, but still, nothing solid has emerged.
This week, Kim Masters at The Daily Beast has an interesting report on the production deal that was recently struck between George Clooney and Sony Pictures. She reveals that Clooney has apparently expressed interest in playing Jack Ryan, should the opportunity present itself — the thing is, Paramount owns the rights to the franchise, not Sony. So will this actually happen? It’s hard to say. Previously it seemed that Paramount wanted to go with a younger version of Jack Ryan, which is a bit strange considering that Tom Clancy’s books skew to an older crowd. Still, I think we can all agree that Clancy + Cloontang = Instant Classic. Thoughts?